FWiW, here's my prelim review after spending hours and hours with it (about 4 or 5): The Good: It sounds like a great 80s amp, and is the closest I've gotten to my mid-80s 2205 and 2210. Sounds nothing like DSL/JVM. It has all the mids that Marshalls have lacked in recent years. The bottom is tight and adequate. I doesn't make me sound anything like Splash The gain channel is very responsive in the way you'd expect a tube amp to react, in both playing dynamics and your guitar's volume control. It cleans up nicely, but not too pristine. Clean channel is very nice; lots of top-end sparkle. It's very clean up until maybe 12:00 and then it goes to a nice grind by the time you get to max volume. Reverb is nice; plenty of it. It doesn't get in the way. The amp is quiet, though it has normal hiss when gain and volume is high and you're not playing. More features and versatility, better build, higher gain than Class 5. The Bad: It lacks FX loop, independent channel EQ. It's heavy - about 50 whopping lbs. It's largid - larger than it seems. However, its taller design makes it easily double as a stool. Overpriced but not by too much when you compare it to the Class 5 ($500) which had less features. Other Commentium: The overall voicing of the amp is bright and tight. Plenty of treble and mids, very clear. The bottom end is very tight. This makes neck pickups sound woody and clear. There is plenty of gain for hard rock and early 80's metal without a pedal. Pre-Rectifier tones only - not for scooped mids. Can't figure why a 5 watt amp needs to have power attenuation to 1 watt; why not just turn the Volume down? The sound is different of course, 1 watt mode is squishier as you'd expect and has less treble. Either mode sounds great. I like the 5w tones but I like the squishiness of the 1 watt. In 1 watt mode you can crank the clean channel while remaining quieter. What is the need for a low sensitivity input? I don't get the need for footswitchable reverb; who the heck switches reverb on & off? Get rid of the 1 watt mode, low-sensitivity input jack and the reverb switching, and add an FX loop. What's with the power switch going from Standby to Off to On? 50lbs. is bestial, considering a whole Vintage 30 4x12 cab weighs only 50% more (80lbs.) It's a 1x12 amp with one EL34 - how heavy could the transformer, speaker and box weigh? That's all I can think of right now.